Jan 02, 2019 17:02 UTC
  • Five soldiers killed in Taliban bomb attack on army outpost

Five Afghan soldiers have been killed in a bomb explosion carried out by Taliban militants in a tunnel below an army outpost in southern Afghanistan.

According to the reports, police spokesman Mohammad Ashraf Watandost said on Wednesday that six soldiers were also injured in the attack on Tuesday in Maiwand district in the southern province of Kandahar.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed that militants had destroyed a large arms cache, leaving 35 soldiers killed and injured.

Separately, Afghan border security forces on Wednesday foiled an attack on Italian military advisers at a paramilitary base in Herat Province in the west of the country.

Noorullah Qadri, the commander of 207 Zafar military corps, said two assailants who had infiltrated the border security forces tried to kill the Italians.

"The Italian nationals escaped uninjured. One attacker was gunned down immediately and the other was arrested," he added.

The Italian forces are part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, purportedly engaged in training and advising local Afghan troops battling Taliban militants in four western provinces.

Italy has 895 troops attached to Resolute Support.

The attacks come few days after the Taliban militant group rejected a call by the Afghan government for formal peace talks next month in Saudi Arabia.